This conference brings together a number of leading and emerging scholars currently researching different aspects of the history of welfare and poverty in modern Ireland. The chronological framework for the conference covers the lifespan of the Irish poor law, from the initiation of the Whately inquiry into Irish poverty and its relief in 1833, through the establishment of the poor law in 1838, to its abolition in the Irish Free State after 1922 and in Northern Ireland in 1948.
Themes to be addressed include the physical structure and legacy of the Irish workhouses; political and administrative responses to poverty and its relief; the impact of the Great Famine; child welfare; medical relief, the medical profession and the Irish hospitals; voluntary philanthropy and state welfare; and welfare regimes in the Irish successor states after 1922.
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